Aston Villa part ways with Sherwood

Aston Villa have sacked Tim Sherwood as manager less then 24 hours after his side lost their sixth straight game in the Premier League.

The Villans went into their clash with Swansea at Villa Park on Saturday with Sherwood under immense pressure after picking up just one win from their opening nine matches.

Things were looking up when Jordan Ayew opened the scoring for Villa on 62 minutes, but the Swans hit back through Gylfi Sigurdsson, who equalised with a free-kick before Andre Ayew dashed home fans' hopes with the winner three minutes from time.

That result was the final nail in the coffin for Sherwood, who was relieved of his duties on Sunday, along with his assistant manager Ray Wilkins, first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady.

The Midlands club released a statement on their official website, which read: "Aston Villa Football Club has parted company with manager Tim Sherwood today.

"The board has monitored the performances closely all season and believes the results on the pitch were simply not good enough and that a change is imperative.

"However, the club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Tim for all his efforts during a difficult period last season and for the many positive contributions he has made to the entire football setup during his time with the club. We wish him well in the future.

"Assistant manager Ray Wilkins, first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady have also left with immediate effect and do so with our best wishes.

"A search for a new manager has commenced and the squad will be managed in the interim by Kevin MacDonald. There will be no further comment from the Club at this stage."